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May 21st, 2008 – by: Reephboy
Today we would dive with Kendal and Tom, who we had met yesterday, as well as some other divers from Monterrey. We got started more or less on time and headed for the reef. Now, I want to make something clear. Don't get me wrong about this whole timeliness deal. Normally, I could care less if someone is running late, actually, I am used to it. I expect it. When it comes to diving though, an operation, whether 5 star or run as a Mom 'n' Pop place, should really make a point of getting divers in the water on time.
I noticed immediately as we passed through the channel in the reef into the deeper water, that we would have much better visibility today. Yesssss! Wow what a difference 30 feet makes. With 80-100 foot visibility, and blue blue water, we really felt like we were diving the Caribbean.
What's more, I saw something I've been dreaming of seeing for years now. Since I started working in Belize and Palau I've been lucky enough to be involved in the monitoring of spawning aggregations of reef fish, specifically commercially important fish such as groupers and snappers. I've done 30 or 40 or more dives that were focused solely on finding these aggregations and counting the numbers, sizes, and species of fish within them, and noting any spawning speficic behaviors. Never before, however, had I actually observed gamete release. Reef fish come together in these aggregations and start courting rituals that climax in a group of males and a single female leaving the aggregation and speeding vertically into the water column in order to simultaneously release a cloud of eggs and sperm that will become fertilized and float off with the currents, renewing the cylce of life.
This was a much better day of diving. We continued with our ritual of napping after lunch, and getting out just in time for happy hour and snacks.
That night we ate at Lol Ha Restaurant, which was right next to our hotel. Mom really wanted to check it out because they were going to have Flamenco dancers. We ended up eating with Kendal and Tom and enjoying the show. It lasted for an hour and a half! There were three women dancers and a man who was playing guitar and singing. We had a great time and the food was very good.
I *heart* Mexico.
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